Asked why there had not been a COBRA meeting to discuss the bad weather, the PMS said that there had been meetings to discuss the issues. Put that some MPs had suggested that if meetings were to come under the COBRA banner, Ministers would need to include regional offices, which were in the process of being abolished, the PMS replied that the meetings that were taking place were essentially the same as COBRA meetings. The PMS said that COBRA meetings were meetings of Ministers and senior officials from different departments, to discuss issues, and those meetings had been taking place.
Asked if the Prime Minister had taken part in any of the meetings, the PMS said he had not been in meetings today. The PMS added that the Prime Minister had spoken to the Transport Secretary on Saturday and Sunday and he had spoken to the First Ministers from the devolved administrations at the weekend too.
On what the Prime Minister would say to those who were saying that the response was shambolic’ and the Government should be doing more, the PMS replied that we were better placed than we were this time last year.
The weather conditions had been exceptionally severe and people were seeing that impacting not just in this country but right across Europe.
Put that the Prime Minister was not taking the lead on this and was leaving the hard work to the Transport Secretary, the PMS said that people would expect the Transport Secretary to be devoting much of his time to ensuring that the transport networks in this country remained open.
The PMS said that the Prime Minister had spoken to Philip Hammond twice over the weekend and had been kept closely in touch with what was going on.
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